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or others to take military action. >>> let's talk about syria. given the role the u.s. and nato played in protect civilians, do you think at some point nato or the united states and some coalition of the willing is going to have to go in there and protect civilians in syria? >> you know, i don't want to speculate as to what the conditions might be and raise alarm bells. i am, after all -- i'm not a president, but i'm looking for that job. i do believe that we should act very aggressively to try and encourage the dissidence within syria, to remove assad and to bring a more representative form of government. >> support them militarily if that's what's necessary? >> certainly support them covertly. we should support turkey and saudi arabia as they're putting pressure on syria. i won't rule out military support of some kind but i don't want to describe exactly what we might do paubecause the circumstances can change. but syria is very different than libya. it is the only key ally for iran, its route to the sea. a key satellite to iran. its link also with lebanon. so syria plays a key role
they do tests, we have been surprised by the facility in syria. >> use the facility that the north koreans built in syria. the u.s. didn't have a clue until they dropped photographs. >> you reported that the u.s. officials have have been war gaming this scenario for years. what would happen when he died and what would the transition be? they are putting it into action. what does it mean? >> almost every scenario from north korea collapse that people think of that seems credible start with kim jung il's death. some play out over nears and some over a shored e shorter period. we don't know how long this is going to take. until two years ago, what did the cia know about kim jong un? one picture. that's it. >> you brought it up. >> that is a big concern for china. it's what does real china in and it's one of the leverage points we have. the last thing they want is this flood of starving people. the contrast between north and south in 2006 with bill richardson down to south korea, i have been there and i have flown. i have never done the drive. the contrast with the primitive society. people us
. they suspended syria's membership only iraq and leb ton abstained. they are close to iran and syria is close to iran. yesterday they tried to paper over -- >> they said it's right on the border. not going to touch it. what's the real -- what is the real reason behind it? >> the real reason is maliki personally and his government more broadly, they have very close ties to iran. iran, syria is iran's closest arab ally. >> is iraq second? >> yes. yeah it is. >> and that seems to be -- obviously, it's a huge concern among a number of more conservative national security folks in this country. how much influence does iran have inside iraq these days and do they have more than the united states? >> the second question, yes, they do. they have a lot of influence -- >> the united states has more financial influence, right? the united states is financially made that country -- kept it afloat, has it not? >> we spent $30 billion, $40 billion within iraq but that money is over. we're not doing rebuilding projects or funding things. iran is. they are building banks, hotels. their stuff is growing. our st
at walmart. >>> grim pictures out of syria today. at least 40 people are dead after twin suicide car bombings erupted in the capital city of damascus. syrian state television reported the bombs targeted strategic security and intelligence buildings. the blasts come one day after an arab league team arrived to hold the syrian government to their promise to end a brutal crackdown on protesters. >>> elsewhere in the region today, take a live look at these pictures as thousands of people flood into egypt's tahrir square. they're denouncing the military's brutal crackdown on protesters, particularly on women, who have been brutalized and dragged through the streets. for more on this, i'm joined now by iman muhidin. want to ask you, in syria, the government is saying the bombings were the work of al qaeda. has that been substantiated and is that true? >> well, luke, good morning, first of all, it is very difficult to substantiate any of those claims, particularly because the syrian government bans foreign journalists from going into syria. the syrian government consistently portrayed all the acts o
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